Testimonials

Read how far some people will travel to take lessons at New Jersey Martial Arts

“I travel 40-50 minutes, up to 4x/week”

“In the course of promoting thirty five MMA events in Atlantic City, N.J., we have been blessed to work with hundreds of teams and thousands of aspiring young athletes from all over the Northeast. NJMA, led by Marco ” Professor ” Perazzo has been an extreme honor and pleasure to work with. Professor Perazzo is producing highly competitive MMA practitioners that are well prepared, disciplined, and extremely professional. Most importantly, we are confident that any student Professor Perazzo delivers will be more than capable to meet the many challenges presented while preparing for, and participating in, A New Breed Fighters Event. The demands are many and Professor’s students not only embrace, but excel in the environment.”

“My combative, an martial arts training started at the age of fifteen, under Master D.A. Giacobbe. One of the first pioneers of martial arts in the tri state area. He taught me Korean Karate the art he learned from his his teacher Master J.C. Shin. Who was the teacher of Chuck Norris. I received my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree black belt under Master D.A. Giacobbe. The Karate I learned was pure, and true in technique like what is taught at NJMA..Later on in life I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. While serving, I was selected to an elite unit of Scout Snipers(STAplt). Serving with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Force (special operations capable) participating in real world operations. The training was hard, and intense. I find that quality in the training at NJMA.. On completion of my service I started training, and eventually teaching Jiu-Jitsu. Along the way I have trained with many world class instructors, including Marco Perazzo from NJMA.. I am part of Team Balance, having received my black belt from John Hassett. Marco, coached me at the Pan American jiu jitsu championships winning me a gold medal, and continues to coach me, and others in jiu jitsu, and mixed martial arts. Marco, and his academy are held in high regard by his peers, and his community.”

“I have been to other fight camps and this is primarily the best fight camp around I think, pushes me Marco Perazzo the head instructor. You come here it’s all business basically. ”

“Hi my name is Tim Carpenter a professional mixed martial arts fighter, i fight for the Bellator Fighting Championships. I always make sure that i come to NJMA to get ready for my fights. I am undefeated right now, if your a pro fighter looking to get ready this is the place to be, or even if you are not a pro fighter and just want to get in shape this is the place to be, thanks.”

“Hi my name is Tim Carpenter a professional mixed martial arts fighter, i fight for the Bellator Fighting Championships. I always make sure that i come to NJMA to get ready for my fights. I am undefeated right now, if your a pro fighter looking to get ready this is the place to be, or even if you are not a pro fighter and just want to get in shape this is the place to be, thanks.”

I honestly look forward to every training session I can get with Marco! I travel about an hour each way to get there and wouldn’t miss it for the world. I have trained at many places with many instructors but the atmosphere at NJMA is second to none. He’s a natural teacher and has a TON of experience that can make anyone successful at any level.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marco, Kirby and New Jersey Martial Arts Staff for their passion, dedication and professionalism to their students and the world of martial arts. I have been training with Marco (The Professor) for a couple of years now and I would not train anywhere else. The friendship and respect alone that has been shown by Marco, Kirby, and other students in the school will last a lifetime not to mention the skills learned. I highly recommend NJMA to anyone who wants to better themselves. The atmosphere at the school is as good as it gets. Everyone who trains at NJMA has a mutual respect and admiration for the other which leads to a safe and taxing training environment. The expert staff instructors on hand is another major plus for the school as well. I mean come on an ADCC participant, MMA fighters, Collegiate wrestlers both freestyle and Roman Greco, Muay Tai and several World Championship BJJ competitors from black belt to purple belt I think you get the point. Training here is as good as it gets. I personally enjoy the camaraderie between students and instructors which leads to a solid training foundation. I train primarily in BBJ and received my blue belt about a year ago. This art/sport has helped me in so many different ways. The passion I have developed has allowed me to gain respect for others, get fit, relieve stress, deal with conflict and become more confident in my self as a person. After a shoulder injury I gained over 60 pounds. I suffered from several ailments due the weight gain. I started BJJ classes again when I was able and lost that weight in a year to compete in several tournaments thanks to Marco’s pre class conditioning, training philosophies, and expertise. I have worked in law enforcement for over 7 years. I’m a firearms instructor, self defense instructor, SRT (SWAT) Member and Detective. I attained these highly sought after qualifications after I started to train with Marco in BJJ. I firmly believe that the focus, decision making, confidence and fitness level I attained from BJJ directly helped me attain these specialized positions. I became the one most of my co workers want when things go bad especially when dealing with known violent offenders even though I’m far from being the biggest or strongest member of my department. Lastly, when Marco asked me to put my thoughts of the school into words I had a hard time doing so because there is just so much I wanted to say. But I think I can sum the whole thing up in a few last words. I came to the school looking for a way to defend myself, stroke my EGO and get fit, but what I found was a family and a way of life. Thanks to Marco, Kirby and the NJMA Staff for everything. I am a former United States Marine and am currently a Lieutenant of Police in South Jersey’s largest police department, which serves a city that has been named as one of America’s most dangerous cities. As a Defensive Tactics Instructor for my agency, as well as the county police academy, I am always on the lookout for the most effective and realistic training available. This is why I highly recommend New Jersey Martial Arts Academy. I am a student here, as well as my two children.

Attention to any prospective NJMA students… My name is Eric Karner and I too, (like Professor Perazzo), own and operate a successful MMA Academy. I would like to personally recommend to anybody who resides in the Burlington County / Philadelphia Suburbs area, and is serious about training in a world class MMA academy, to look no farther. NJMA is hands down, bar none, the BEST school in the area. Professor Marco Perazzo, is an accomplished BJJ Black Belt and coach to some of the best MMA fighters in the world. His wisdom and 20 + years of martial arts experience, puts NJMA in a league of their own. Not only do the world’s best MMA fighters seek Professor Perazzo’s teachings but it’s the everyday people, the “civilians”, that make up the core of NJMA. The accountants, the contractors, the social service people, doctors, lawyers, stonemasons…I have seen first hand the diversity of NJMA students as well as the great camaraderie everyone has with each other. It’s really a family like atmosphere. It is rare to find an instructor who has as much passion for improving students skills as Professor Perazzo exhibits. If you’re looking for the highest level of martial arts instruction available, NJMA is your solution. If you’re looking to get in the best shape of your life, NJMA is your solution. If you’re looking to make friends and meet new people, NJMA is your solution. If you’re looking to become a black belt and be part of a winning team, NJMA is your solution. If you’re still reading this, stop wasting time… I told you the solution! Professor Marco Perazzo and Team NJMA.

When looking for a martial arts instructor, I recommend that people look for these qualities in one: humility, honor, dedication, knowledge, and patience. Marco “Professor” Perazzo has all of these qualities in abundance. He is a true master of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He always has a smile on his face. He is humble in victory and defeat and is one of the most respectful people in the art. He is the kind of guy I hope all my students become and the kind a guy I would have my family train under. I would recommend anyone from world champion black belt, NCAA college wrestling All-Americans, or your average joe/jane off the street to take class from Marco. The reason is it has something for everyone. If you want to compete at the the highest level and win or just gain self-confidence, you must study with Marco Perazzo. You will not be disappointed. He receives my highest possible recommendation.

I have known Marco “Professor” Perazzo, Co-Owner of New Jersey Martial Arts for nearly 15 years. He is my friend, student, and teammate. I can say, without hesitation, that training with Marco and the family at NJMA will take you to another level in the areas of fitness, martial arts, and character. “The Professor” is one of the most passionate and respected instructors in Mixed Martial Arts/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The South Jersey community is very lucky to have such a high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy that operates with so much experience and integrity. Go NJMA!

There has never been a more important time then now to look closely at the Gym you decide to train Mixed Martial Arts at. Many gyms and training facilities claim to offer things like BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai and boxing but at the end of the day you want to spend you time on the matts at a safe, comfortable and proven school run by an ONSITE proven Instructor. Once such place is NJMA in Maple Shade NJ. Professor Marco Perazzo has over 20 years of training, coaching and leading some of the worlds very best martial artists. This is not a school that hangs its hat on a few UFC names. It’s a school that creates and provides one of the absolute best and most exciting places to train in the area. Prof Perazzo will not only assure your training safety but push you to the levels you want to achieve. The exciting culture and sprit in the gym is as motivating as it is contagious. This is the kind of place you can go to on a daily basis and always find great people and new challenges. If you are thinking about training MMA, BJJ or Muay Thai be sure to contact Prof Marco and visit with him and you will see the reason so many of us make his school a huge part of our lifelong journey as martial artists.

I met Professor Marco Perazzo in 2004 and trained with him for about 6 months. It was fantastic! Then life got in the way. In 2015 I contacted Marco after 10+ years away and expressed an interest in training again. He welcomed me back as if he had just seen me the day before. He is a highly-experienced competitor and a great instructor. His extensive background and experience allow him to effectively work with everyone from aspiring pro fighters to absolute beginners. He also has a great sense of humor! I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the assistant instructors and my fellow students are also top notch. The atmosphere is friendly, welcoming and supportive. Come in and check out NJMA. You’ll like it here.

I am a BJJ Blackbelt and have trained at NJMA for over 15 years. The Owner/Head Instructor, Marco Perazzo, is highly respected throughout the MMA/BJJ community. His depth and breath of knowledge in the martial arts is outstanding. I have taken many of his classes which as a seasoned martial arts veteran, I have found to be insightful and in many cases game changing. I have also seen him develop many students from white belts with no martial arts experience to tough as nails, technical, well conditioned BJJ competitors. Beyond the great teaching at NJMA, the atmosphere of friendship and the diverse level of training partners is fantastic. Everyone is helpful and wants to see you succeed. He has students that are men, women, big, small, skinny, tall, champion fighters, newest green students. This is important to me because the diversity allows you to see first hand how techniques work differently on different people. In addition, NJMA works hard to give students the extras that are hard to find anywhere else. There is hardcore special training for those that want to compete. There are blackbelt only training sessions. In addition, for special events, often times students from other schools are invited which provides an even greater pool of students to try your techniques. I could write all day about the great things at NJMA. Definitely worth your time to see it first hand.

I’ve trained with Professor Perazzo close to twenty years. He has trained with various members of the Gracie family and is a highly respected martial artist. His abilities to break down techniques are first class. If you’re looking to get in shape, build confidence and learn high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, New Jersey Martial Arts is the only place to train.

I’ve been training with Professor Perazzo for close to fourteen years. He’s is a knowledgeable instructor with over 20 years of experience. He is able to convey the most subtle of details in a technique and make it easily understandable. Whether you’re competing in MMA or in a grappling, he’s a terrific coach. He is able to systematically work you through you’re match. This is a rare trait that he possesses. NJMA is a large and clean facility. The classes are great blend of BJJ specific conditioning, drills, technique then live training. All of the students are solid grapplers at their level and very welcoming. If you’re in the area, I cannot recommend enough.

I’ve been training with Professor Perazzo for over 5 years and he’s become a real friend and mentor. He’s a highly respected martial artist and he runs a stellar school, whether you’re looking for recreational fun or more intense competition-style training. NJMA has several high-level students who compete and win on the national level, but all of his students are down to earth and welcoming to any experience level. I remember when I first started training, it can be very intimidating to walk into a gym filled with people you don’t know, practicing a martial art you don’t fully understand, but you don’t have to worry about that at NJMA – everyone’s friendly, and once they finish choking you out, they’ll show you how they did it. Tremendous place!

In my opinion (and many others) you won’t find a better or more knowledgable instructor than Marco “The Professor” Perazzo.

I trained here for my first two years of jiu-jitsu and earned my blue belt before I had to move for work. This is an incredible MMA gym. Marco Perazzo’s instruction is top-notch and provides something for everyone – whether you want to compete at a high level in BJJ or MMA, or whether you just want a hobby. The camaraderie at the school is amazing, fostered by the culture that Marco has instilled from the top. I haven’t trained there in over 4 years, but still keep in close contact with the friends I made, and make sure to stop by whenever I’m in town. I can’t recommend this school enough.

NJMA is transforming my body, mind and spirit! My only regret is not starting sooner. The staff as well as my fellow students are friendly and eager to assist. A great place to train!!! You won’t be disappointed!!!

NJMA is transforming my body, mind and spirit! My only regret is not starting sooner. The staff as well as my fellow students are friendly and eager to assist. A great place to train!!! You won’t be disappointed!!!

This review is long overdo. If you’re looking for quality training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, look no further! A few years ago, I trained at NJMA for a few months with Marco before I moved out of State. The instruction I received at NJMA in BJJ is second to none. Classes were extremely welcoming and above all fun. It was a humbling experience for me. I left there not just with the ability to defend myself but with a passion for BJJ. A passion so deep, that I now travel 4 hours to train in BJJ every week. Thank you,

I’ve been training at NJMA for a year and have trained at other locations in and around Cherry Hill as well as around the country. The positive atmosphere that Marco Perazzo has created at NJMA is BY FAR the best I’ve experienced in New Jersey. Everyone in the gym is willing to help a fellow member along their journey in the martial arts. Marco is an awesome teacher and brings tons of experience to the mats. You cannot go wrong by giving NJMA a chance to earn your business.

I’ve been training with Muay Thai for two years and the instructors and classes have given me such a great motivation in my life! I love going to class twice a week and see how I can improve not only physically but also mentally! Great place and great people!

Amazing school with professional, friendly and knowledgable instructors. Highly recommended!

Great Place. Went to their Sunday Open Mat. Felt very welcomed and got a ton Out of it.